Helga’s abstemious lifestyle kept her from ordering the double chocolate cake at dinner. In an abstemious effort to eat in a balanced fashion, Helga enjoyed the chicken and fresh fennel salad, but rejected dessert altogether. Likewise, her abstemious habits kept her from ordering the white wine that was recommended with the meal. Such abstemious, moderate, and cautious dining practices seemed extreme, but they did keep Helga healthy.
Quiz: What does it mean when one is abstemious?
- One consumes food and drink in a balanced, non-excessive way.
- One gives up alcohol and cigarettes.
- One never eats a second helping.